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Petite and festive, mini bottles of Champagne and sparkling wine are a ton of fun, and they’re surprisingly useful. One-quarter the size of a standard wine bottle, they’re often called “splits” and hold 187 milliliters of wine, which is just over 6 ounces. Not every winemaker offers minis, but you can find a good selection of sparkling wines from around the world in tiny bottles.
Splits are convenient one-glass servings of wine and are perfect for entertaining or make great gifts. You can also use them to sample varieties of sparkling wine without spending a lot of money. For instance, you can create personal wine tastings that compare French Champagne, Italian prosecco, and Spanish cava. Plus, if you love mimosas, a mini bottle can make one or two cocktails and you don’t have to worry about a full bottle going flat.
Read on for the best mini champagne bottles available.
An iconic name in French Champagne, Moët & Chandon packages their best expression in miniature bottles. Imperial Brut is a classic example of what great Champagne should taste like. The vibrant, bubbly wine has been made since 1869 and is a blend of pinot noir, pinot meunier, and chardonnay grape varietals. The winemaker claims that over 100 wines, at least 20 percent of which are reserves, go into creating this Champagne’s seductive, familiar taste.
Everything you have come to expect in this brut Champagne remains in the adorable mini bottles, which are also wrapped in gold foil. It’s very effervescent with delightful bright fruit flavors accented by florals and it has a refreshingly crisp minerality. When you’re looking for a personal-sized sparkling wine experience, it’s definitely hard to beat.
“Blanc de blancs” is a specific type of sparkling wine that means “white from whites.” Unlike other styles, it is made entirely of white wine grape varietals, of which chardonnay is most common. While it was created in the Champagne region and uses the méthode champenoise (or méthode traditionnelle), it is made worldwide. Saint-Reine produces a stunning blanc de blanc in France’s equally famous Burgundy (Bourgogne) region, where white and rosé wines use the Crémant label.
This chardonnay-exclusive bubbly is simultaneously light and rich, with a dryness expected from a brut. It captures the taste of green apple and pear with zesty citrus against a delicious creaminess reminiscent of its Champagne roots. Enjoyed chilled on its own, this is an easy drinker that anyone will enjoy. It’s also an excellent choice for cocktails.
The sparkling wines of Italy are as pleasant to explore as the best France has to offer. Produced only in the Veneto region of northeast Italy, prosecco is a brilliant wine. It’s also often a little more reasonably priced because it doesn’t require the extra labor of Champagne. One of the best proseccos available in personal-sized bottles comes from La Marca.
Sweet honey and white flowers greet your nose when this tiny bottle pops open. The taste is equally inviting, with the freshness of green apple, lemon, and grapefruit. It’s also a beautiful wine to look at; pull out your best Champagne flute and enjoy its captivating gold color and never-ending bubbles. If you feel like mixing, try this prosecco in the citrusy Aperol spritz.
Inside this elegant black bottle lies a stunning example of Spain’s signature sparkling wine. Cava also employs the méthode traditionnelle that made Champagne famous, though it uses grapes that thrive in the country and attribute to its distinctly Spanish terroir. If there’s one cava-maker that embodies its signature taste, it is Freixenet (pronounced fresh-eh-net).
For your first sip, Cordon Negro Extra Dry is an excellent choice. A blend of three grapes, it’s aged for at least a year in cool caves and double fermented for the ideal carbonation. The sparkler is wonderfully dry but has sweet notes accented with peach and melon, so it’s also approachable. The lower price point means it’s cocktail-worthy, especially in sweetened drinks like the elderflower cocktail.
Sparkling rosé wines are not as readily available in splits but there are some fun finds. When you’re in the mood for a bubbly pink, try Lunetta (Italian for “little moon”) from Cavit. The northern Italy winemaker produces a variety of wines using sustainable practices, both in the vineyards and winery, and it found a huge following in the United States.
In mini bottles, this pretty pink wine is an excellent gift or party favor and is especially fitting for showers. It’s that ideal balance of sweet and dry that appeals to wine lovers of all tastes, and it’s hard to resist the strawberry notes signature to rosés when it’s this well-done. A light sparkle is the perfect finishing touch, ensuring it will please anyone who tries it.
True Champagnes cannot be made in America, but many wineries—particularly in California—specialize in the sparkling wine style. Situated in the famed Napa Valley, Mumm Napa is the home to G.H. Mumm’s U.S. operations. While they’re made far away from the French winery’s famous Champagnes, these wines maintain the quality associated with the Mumm name.
The best-known of the portfolio is Brut Prestige. Made primarily of chardonnay and pinot noir grapes, the California sparkling wine has the creamy crispness and brilliant bubbles that make Champagne irresistible. Though they’re among the priciest mini bottles you’ll find, drinking this dry sparkler is a memorable experience.
Sparkling wines lean toward the dry side, so finding a sweet wine—especially in miniature bottles—is tricky. There’s almost always a moscato to save the day, though! These are not the bubbliest of the lot but they are delicious and Risata Moscato d’Asti is one that your sweet tooth will crave.
From Asti of the Piedmont region of Italy and made using the area’s famed muscat grapes, this frizzante is utterly delicious. Lightly sparkling, the taste is of honey, stone fruit, and tangerine. It’s not too rich and has a fascinating crisp finish. This moscato deserves an invitation to dinner and is best alongside spicy Asian foods.
Canned wine is not just a passing fad and you can find many impressive wines when you think outside the bottle. While many winemakers choose the standard 12-ounce cans, that’s a lot of wine and it’s easy to drink it like a beer. For that reason, mini cans are a brilliant option that’s catching on in this trend. California’s Francis Ford Coppola Winery focuses on the small cans.
The Sofia Mini Blanc de Blanc is the winery’s sparkling option. Made with a pinot blanc, sauvignon blanc, and muscat grape blend, it’s crisp and delicately sparkling. Against the off-dry palate, you’ll find sweet summer fruit flavors like mango and peach. It’s a lovely and lively wine, and comes with its own straw.
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Colleen Graham is a food and beverage writer with over a decade of experience writing about cocktails, beer, and wine. She is the author of two books—“Rosé Made Me Do It” and “Tequila: Cocktails With a Kick.”